Research Shows that Children Emulate Parental Behavior at Surprisingly Young Ages
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The Associated Press reported that parent who smoke or drink influence the behavior of their children at a surprisingly young age.
Researchers studied the behavior of 120 children ages 2-6. They were told to choose from 133 items to get a Barbie doll ready for a night on the town. Preschoolers whose parents smoked were more likely to choose cigarettes as part of the ensemble, while those whose parents drank were more likely to choose wine or beer. Children who watched R or PG-13 rated movies at home were five times more likely to choose alcohol.
Overall, 28 percent of the children chose cigarettes, and 61 percent chose alcohol. Those whose parents smoked were about four times more likely to pick out cigarettes, while those whose parents drank monthly or more frequently were three times more likely to choose alcohol.